Patty Mark

Running and exercise makes me happy. It gives me so much: a chance to try new things, set some wild goals, be around a community of good people and most importantly, permission to fail spectacularly. After all, this is just a hobby. Do it anyway.

I ran track in grade school and came in last for every single race, but I didn’t care. When I was 25, I was asked to join the board of a local foundation and organize their biggest fundraiser: a 5K. Working on the event got me interested in exercise and running again. Running has seen me through job changes, kids, and apparently, a global pandemic. In my non-running life, I love books, coffee, ballet flats and Pete Davidson. Don’t judge me.